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ABATE of Nebraska District 6 Annual Toy Run on Oct. 2
The 37th annual ABATE Toy Run for The Salvation Army, sponsored by Nebraska District 6, takes place this Sunday, Oct. 2.

Motorcyclists begin gathering at Holstein Harley Davidson, 4940 S 72nd St., at noon. At 1 p.m. more than 100 expected participants begin heading to Bushwackers, 7401 Main Street in Ralston. Santa Claus is joining the Toy Run, led by Omaha Police Department escorts. Riders strapped with new Christmas toys are expected to arrive at Bushwackers by 1:30 p.m. All motorcycle riders are welcome.

New, unwrapped toy donations are being accepted. If riders can’t make the event and still wish to donate, please contact Michelle with District 6, 402-981-0602 to arrange for toy pick up. 

The Salvation Army will distribute the toys to children in need this December during Toyland Days.
 

ABATE of Nebraska, Inc., is a not-for-profit organization consisting of motorcycle enthusiasts throughout the State of Nebraska. District 6 is comprised of members throughout the Omaha/Council Bluffs metropolitan and surrounding areas. Our goals and purposes are to keep motorcyclists, members, and the public informed, promote safe riding habits, and encourage favorable legislation for the motorcycling lifestyle. We are active members of the community and are engaged in supporting issues where we feel we can make a difference.

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The Salvation Army Kroc Center's Fourth Annual BaconFest Omaha to Take Place This Weekend


Discounted Tickets Now Available

What: BaconFest Omaha offers a wide range of activities including games, bacon tasting, vendors and more. The Kids Corral will be located in the gym, and features games and crafts for children of all ages to enjoy. Bounce houses, mechanical pony rides and pig races are among the activities that will be offered. Demonstrations will be held on the stage offered by Kroc Center staff and Kroc Center partners including Kicking Tigers Taekwondo. BaconFest Omaha attendees will be given an all-day pass to the Kroc Center, including access to the swimming pools, as well as unlimited bacon samples.


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The Salvation Army's Fight to End Trafficking Program to Launch Sept. 15

News Conference to Be Held at Divisional Headquarters


What:
A news conference to recognize the launch of The Salvation Army’s Fight to End Trafficking (SAFE-T) program. Details regarding case management services will be announced. The hotline number being released is 888-373-7888. This number will take callers to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline, which will then direct callers to a SAFE-T specialist in Nebraska. Callers must go through the listed hotline number to get through to the 24/7 SAFE-T line.

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The Salvation Army Fight to End Human Trafficking Program Set to Launch
 

News Conference To Be Held Sept. 15


The Salvation Army and the Nebraska Attorney General's Office were awarded a grant by the Office of Justice Programs from the U.S. Department of Justice. The combined grants total $1.5 million over a three-year period of time.

The purpose of the award is to support the development an enhancement of multi-disciplinary human trafficking task forces that will implement victim-centered, collaborative and ongoing approaches to address trafficking across the state.

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The Salvation Army Kroc Center Presents Fourth Annual BaconFest Omaha

Tickets Now Available


The Salvation Army Kroc Center will be sizzling with enjoyment on Sunday, September 18, for its fourth annual BaconFest Omaha. This afternoon of food, family and fun will be held from 1-5 p.m. on the Festival Plaza of the Kroc Center, 2825 Y St. The event will be held rain or shine.

BaconFest Omaha offers a wide range of activities including games, bounce houses, bacon tasting, vendors and more. The Kids Corral will feature games, crafts and inflatables for children of all ages to enjoy. Demonstrations will be held on the stage offered by Kroc Center Staff and Kroc Center Partners including Kicking Tigers Taekwondo.

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The Salvation Army Topping Off Ceremony

A Topping Off Ceremony was held Thursday, July 21, at the site of The Omaha Salvation Army's Renaissance Village. A new facility is under construction to take the place of the Renaissance Center building, which will be demolished after more than a century of serving Omaha. Transitional and mental health housing will be established at the new facility at 3612 Cuming St. Construction is on schedule with the ceremony marking the halfway point of completion. 

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Renaissance Village Summer Construction Update


Much progress has been made in the construction of The Salvation Army’s Renaissance Village since the spring.

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The Salvation Army 7 Can Help Kids Back To School Backpack Drive: School Supply Distribution August 12 & 13



After a successful distribution day this past Saturday, The Salvation Army and KETV 7 Can Help Kids will once again give new backpacks and school supplies to families this Friday and Saturday. The times and locations of the final two distribution days are as follows:

August 12 & 13, 9 a.m. – noon, 1 – 3 p.m. at the Omaha Kroc Center, 2825 Y St.
August 12 & 13, 9 a.m. – noon, 1 – 3 p.m.  at the Omaha North Corps Community Center, 2424 Pratt St.

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United Way of the Midlands Awards $353,900 to The Salvation Army

Grant to fund social service programs

The Salvation Army is pleased to announce it was recently awarded a $353,900 grant from United Way of the Midlands. Thanks to the generosity of many, the United Way of the Midlands was able to provide funding to our Omaha and Council Bluffs Corps, as well as our many social service programs.

With the help of this grant, The Salvation Army is able to offer services to people of all ages. Funded programs include the transitional housing programs, recreational programs, feeding programs, youth enrichment programs and tutoring, counseling services, material assistance and seasonal services. 

"We are grateful for our ongoing partnership with the United Way. Through the generosity of the many donors to the United Way, The Salvation Army will continue to assist the people of Omaha who need us the most," said Major Greg Thompson, divisional commander of The Salvation Army Western Division.

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The Salvation Army Offers Relief from Heat
Beginning Sunday, The Salvation Army community cooling centers will be open for people who need a break from the extreme heat. Centers will be open this coming week at the following locations:

Burrows Center Lobby, 6101 NW Radial Highway: Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Kroc Center, 2825 Y St.: Sunday through Thursday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
North Corps, 2424 Pratt St.: Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Lied Renaissance Center Lobby, 3612 Cuming St.: Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Citadel Corps, 3836 Cuming St.: Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. & 1 p.m.
– 4:30 p.m.
Council Bluffs Corps, 715 N. 16th St.:
Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.   

Donations of bottled water is a major need for cooling center operations. There will be water available at the locations above.

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The Omaha Salvation Army Receives a Shipment of 404 Fans


WHAT:
    The oppressive heat of recent weeks has quickly depleted the Salvation Army’s fan supply. With the end of summer still weeks away, their work of distributing fans is far from over.

This week, they will receive a new supply of 404 box fans from Westlake ACE Hardware.

Westlake recently hosted a fan drive to benefit The Salvation Army, and Omaha-area customers generously donated enough funds to purchase 404 new box fans to help their fellow citizens in need.

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The Salvation Army 7 Can Help Kids Back To School Backpack Program in Need of Donations

The Salvation Army and KETV 7 Can Help Kids are collecting new school supplies to help thousands of local students get ready to go back to school this August. Thanks to the generosity of the community, more than 160,000 children have been helped since the program began in 1998.

Donations of new supplies can be dropped off at local Baker’s locations, Methodist clinics and hospitals, and Fun-Plex. Look for the blue collection barrels inside each location.

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The Salvation Army Renaissance Village Topping Off Ceremony Set for July 21


What:
A new facility is under construction to take the place of The Salvation Army’s Renaissance Center building, which will be demolished after more than a century of serving Omaha. A topping off or beam signing is a part of builders’ rites traditionally held when the last beam is placed atop a structure. Complimentary pizza and refreshments will be served at the topping off ceremony.

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The Salvation Army Omaha Kroc Center Groundbreaking Ceremony


When:  Thursday, July 7, at 10 a.m.

Where:  The Salvation Army Omaha Kroc Center, 2825 Y St.

What:  The Omaha Kroc Center will soon be undergoing substantial facility enhancements beginning with a groundbreaking ceremony for a new 18,000-square-foot addition.

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The Salvation Army Omaha Kroc Center Groundbreaking Ceremony Set for July 7


The Omaha Kroc Center will soon be undergoing substantial facility enhancements beginning with a groundbreaking ceremony for a new 18,000 square foot addition. The ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, July 7, at the Kroc Center, 2825 Y St.

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World's Largest Swim Lesson™ Set to Make a Difference


The Salvation Army Omaha Kroc Center Serving as Official Host Location

On Friday, June 24, beginning at 10 a.m., tens of thousands of kids and adults at aquatic facilities around the world will unite for the seventh year in a row to send the message that Swimming Lessons Save Lives.™ A global event, The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson™ (WLSL), will take place over the course of 24 hours at an estimated 500 locations in more than 20 countries.

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The Salvation Army Omaha Kicks Off Fan Drive

Westlake Ace Hardware Teams up with Charity to Raise Money for Fans

WHAT:     Kickoff celebration for The Salvation Army’s annual Westlake Ace Fan Drive at 140th & W Center Road in Omaha

Temperatures are on the rise and The Salvation Army needs help restocking its supply of fans to help those in need beat the inevitable heat.

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The Salvation Army Celebrates National Donut Day


Entenmann's, Lamar's and Krispy Kreme Joining the Celebration


The Salvation Army in Chicago began celebrating National Donut Day in 1938 to aid those in need during the Great Depression, as well as to commemorate the work of the “donut lassies” who served donuts to soldiers during World War I. Since 2010, Entenmann’s has partnered with The Salvation Army for National Donut Day, which takes place each year on the first Friday of June. This year is no exception. As a part of a sweepstakes deal, Entenmann’s, produced by Bimbo Bakeries USA, is donating 432 donuts to the Omaha Salvation Army.


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Omaha Salvation Army and Food Bank for the Heartland on Board for Kids Cruisin' Kitchen Again This Summer


While their classmates are swimming and playing outdoors during summer vacation, 92,000 Nebraska children will be worrying about finding their next meal. The summer months are especially difficult for kids at-risk of hunger and their families. Forty percent of children in Nebraska receive free or reduced school lunches, and in some schools, these percentages climb as high as 80 and 90. These children are seeking other resources for meals when school is out of session.

To combat the epidemic of childhood hunger in Nebraska, The Omaha Salvation Army and Food Bank for the Heartland are collaborating again this summer for the Kids Cruisin’ Kitchen program (KCK).

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National Donut Day Celebrates The Salvation Army's History of Giving
 
National Donut Day takes place each year on the first Friday of June. Since 2010, Entenmann’s has partnered with The Salvation Army for National Donut Day. This year is no exception. As a part of a sweepstakes deal, Entenmann’s is donating six cases of donuts, 432 in all, to the Omaha Salvation Army. Deliveries to various organizations and businesses are scheduled for June 3.   

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63rd Annual National Salvation Army Week Highlights the Importance of Giving Back and Thanking Supporters


The Salvation Army celebrates the 63rd annual National Salvation Army Week, May 9 – 15. The Omaha Salvation Army has supported the community for 127 years through a wide array of social service programs that provide people in need with food, shelter, clothing, disaster relief and counseling.

The Salvation Army has planned numerous events locally and nationally to encourage giving and to thank people for their charitable donations of time, money and resources. In Omaha, National Salvation Army Week is recognized through a series of events aimed at “Doing the Most Good.”

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Veterans Preservation Project


In the past couple of years I have really enjoyed discovering my family history. I’ve become known as our family preservationist – salvaging scrapbooks, address books, photos and letters of our family.

Last summer I overheard my cousin Pat asking, "What do we do with the box of letters Dad had written home to his mother during World War II?" Thinking there would be a few dozen, I said, "Give them to me, I’d be happy to read them!"

Little did I know what I was getting myself into.

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63rd Annual Salvation Army Week Highlights the Importance of Giving Back and Thanking Supporters


The Salvation Army celebrates the 63rd annual Salvation Army Week, May 9 – 15, 2016. The Omaha Salvation Army has supported the community for 127 years through a wide array of social service programs that provide people in need with food, shelter, clothing, disaster relief and counseling.

The Salvation Army has planned numerous events locally and nationally to encourage giving and to thank people for their charitable donations of time, money and resources. In Omaha, Salvation Army Week is recognized through a series of events aimed at “Doing the Most Good.”

During this commemorative week, Salvation Army representatives will make personal visits to community volunteers to thank them for their support throughout the year.

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Local Teens to Receive Scholarships at The Salvation Army D.J.'s Hero Awards Luncheon

Omaha area locals Elijah Clark, Shoe Hla and Emmitt Knight will be among the nine Nebraska high school seniors to receive a $10,000 D.J.’s Hero scholarship at The Salvation Army luncheon on Tuesday, May 10. The event will be held at the CenturyLink Center and begins at 11:45 a.m. 

Recipients are chosen based on their ability to face adversity with bravery and perseverance while becoming leaders who make a difference in their communities and schools. They were selected from nominations sent from towns and cities throughout Nebraska. 

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Seats Still Available for D.J.’s Hero Luncheon - The Salvation Army to Recognize Nine Young Heroes

Reservations are still open for the 17th annual D.J.'s Hero Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, May 10. Reserve seats ($150 each or $1500 for a table of 10) by contacting Mari Heller at 402-898-5909 or visiting salarmyomaha.org to download a reservation form and mail it to the listed address.
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Building Hope Capital Campaign Construction Update

The construction of the new Renaissance Village has come a long way since the groundbreaking ceremony in June 2015.

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Women's Auxiliary Board to Host Annual Fundraiser

Each year, The Salvation Army’s Women’s Auxiliary raises money to assist the corps, social services programs, Adult Rehabilitation Center and camps in the Omaha metro area. Last year, the auxiliary raised over $57,000 towards programs and services. In addition, they donate thousands of volunteer hours each year. This dedicated group of women is hosting their annual fundraiser Tastes & Treasures. The cost is $75 to attend.

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The Salvation Army Recognizes Impact of Volunteers during National Volunteer Week


National Volunteer Week, an annual celebration in the United States and Canada, takes place from April 10 – 16. National Volunteer Week is meant to honor, recognize and thank those volunteers who give their valuable time to help do the most good. First established by President Richard Nixon in 1974, it is now organized by the Point of Light Foundation.

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The Salvation Army and UNO Students Team up for Just Can It!


WHAT:     The Salvation Army is partnering with University of Nebraska at Omaha’s Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity for the 13th annual Just Can It! — a food drive and homelessness awareness event to stock The Salvation Army food pantry. UNO students are sleeping outdoors in cardboard homes and accept donations of money and non-perishable food.

WHERE:     Infiniti Lot of Baxter Arena, just off of West Center Road.

WHEN:     Food will be collected every day until noon Friday, April 1. A special barbeque and concert featuring Superman’s Hero will take place Tuesday at 7 p.m.

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Just Can It! Kicks Off March 28 to Stock Salvation Army Food Pantry


The Salvation Army is partnering with University of Nebraska at Omaha’s Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity for the 13th annual Just Can It! — a food drive and homelessness awareness event to stock Salvation Army food pantry. UNO students will sleep outdoors in cardboard homes and accept donations of money and non-perishable food from Monday, March 28 through Friday, April 1.

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An Easter Message from The Salvation Army’s World Leader



General André Cox, International Salvation Army leader, has a special message to share this Easter as we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.


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The Salvation Army to Reopen Ottumwa as Service Extension Unit
A year and a half after closing its Corps Community Center operation in Ottumwa for business reasons, The Salvation Army is opening a Service Extension Unit to continue serving the community. At the current time, the unit will be operated and staffed strictly with volunteers.

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The Salvation Army Continues Its Call for Nominations of Young Heroes, Featured Speaker Announced



The Salvation Army continues to seek nominations for the 2016 D.J.’s Hero Scholarship Awards. Seven Nebraska high school seniors will be chosen to receive the award, named in honor of the late D.J. Sokol, for their commitment to others and to their community.


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Parents' Night Out at The Salvation Army Kroc Center


When: 
   Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016 from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Where:    The Salvation Army Omaha Kroc Center, 2825 Y Street

What:     Parent’s Night Out 


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The Salvation Army Searches for Young Heroes


The Salvation Army is seeking nominations for the 2016 D.J.’s Hero Scholarship Awards. Seven Nebraska high school seniors will be chosen to receive the award, named in honor of the late D.J. Sokol, for their commitment to others and to the community.

Nominations must be postmarked by Wednesday, March 2, 2016, to be eligible for entry. Forms are available at most Nebraska high school guidance offices, online at SalArmyOmaha.org or by calling 402-898-5906.

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The Salvation Army Old Market Employee Emergency Fund Needs Assessments Begin Feb. 1

In partnership with Old Market business owners, The Salvation Army activated a disaster relief fund to assist the employees affected by the Old Market fire in the M's building in downtown Omaha on January 9.

Old Market employees in need of human services including material assistance and other basic necessities, are encouraged to apply for assistance from the newly created fund. 100% of every dollar donated goes directly to this emergency fund.

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The Salvation Army and the LGBT Community


Each year, thanks to generous donations, The Salvation Army serves nearly 30 million Americans - or one person every second - from a variety of backgrounds. People who come to us for assistance will be served according to their need and our capacity to help - regardless of race, gender, ethnicity or sexual orientation.


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National Study Quantifies Impact of Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Centers, Underscores Long-Term Benefits of Community Investment

 

Eleven years after Joan Kroc’s historic $1.5 billion bequest to The Salvation Army, 26
Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Centers ­– including Omaha – are now open, providing a variety of cultural, educational, fitness and social programs in neighborhoods that historically have lacked them. In a study commissioned by The Salvation Army, researchers at Partners for Sacred Places and McClanahan Associates, Inc. quantified the annual positive social and economic impact these centers are creating for and in their communities, totaling $258,178,776 (based on 2014 data).

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The Salvation Army Kroc Center Celebrates Five Years Serving the Omaha Community

The Salvation Army Omaha Kroc Center is celebrating five years of making Omaha a better place.  In those five years, over one million people have entered the Kroc Center for programs, services, and community events.


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